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T he Past Infinitive as Verbal
 
Lesson 3-38
Prompt:We have found that the present infinitive is formed by adding the word "to" with a present tense verb as in: "to go". The past infinitive is formed by adding "to" with "have" (or other helping verbs) with the past participle of a verb as in: "to have gone". Just like the present infinitive, the past infinitive comes as a phrase as in: "to have gone on a wild chase." Infinitives are usually used as nouns, but they may be used as adjectives or adverbs.
Directions:Each sentence below contains a past infinitive phrase. Click to select the past infinitive phrase in each sentence.
1.For the girl to have known was not possible.
2.His expectation for the day was to have completed the picture.
3.To have ridden at the front of the parade was her dream come true.
4.To have forgotten her name was inexcusable.
5.For the team to have scored on every play was impossible.
6.They were thankful to have saved for their retirement.
7.To have treated all others with respect brings its own rewards.
8.At this point in my life, I am glad to have studied hard.
9.For the conductor to have chosen another song was a surprise.
10.To have been the apple of her eye is now my burden.
11.We were fortunate to have lived a long life.
12.To have completed high school by age sixteen was remarkable.
13.It is my life's goal to have served with honor.
14.To have seen my children grow to adulthood is satisfying.
15.To have experienced the joy of youth brings him fond memories.
16.(Two phrases) To have burned out is much better than to have rusted out.
17.To have been singled out in front of the class is embarrassing.
18.She is expected to have learned all the lines by three today.
19.To have received high honors at graduation is a great reward for your hard work.
20.Finally, to have completed this exercise brings satisfaction.